Activism, Conscious Consumption, Sustainable Living

Five alternatives to the Black Friday madness

November 23, 2016
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Is there anyone left who actually likes Black Friday?
I freely admit that my Twitter timeline is skewed hopelessly in favour of people who prefer to Make Do and Mend, and who take a much more thoughtful approach to consumerism, but it does seem to full of people fed up of Black Friday and all it stands for.
You may have guessed that I’m not a fan. For me, this one day epitomises all that is wrong with consumerism. It is the exact opposite of conscious consumption, and calls for mindless, thoughtless buying, tempting you to buy stuff you don’t need, just because it’s cheap.
It’s like the Donald Trump of consumption: bold, brash, promising things it can’t deliver, and screwing the planet all at the same time.

I wrote last year about Five Reasons to Screw Black Friday, just in case you are left in any doubt as to why it is a Bad Thing.
But this year, I wanted to showcase some Black Friday alternatives:
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Activism, General ramblings, Sustainable Living

Seven big things we can ALL do today to fight climate change, or how to be a climate activist without leaving home

November 18, 2016
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Hubby and I watched Before the Flood the other weekend.
It’s a film made by Leonardo DiCaprio about climate change, that aims to bring the truth about climate change to a wider audience.
I was in two minds about watching it, and I saw hubby’s face fall when I suggested it. I knew what he was thinking, and I was worried about it too – he was afraid that I was going to watch it and then get plunged into a very bleak place when confronted with the reality of the challenges we are facing.
But actually, it was ok.
I’m not going to lie, it was scary stuff, but it did also focus on some of the things that we can all do in the fight against climate change, that we don’t have to sit back and feel powerless, and wait for governments and businesses to do the right thing.
As regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of the little changes we can all make everyday, that add to make a big difference, but actually there are some things that we can all do, today, that might take a bit of effort, but that could very quickly have a massive impact.
I’m planning to go into much more depth on each of these (and more!) in the New Year, but for now, here’s some ideas that will hopefully get you thinking, and more importantly, taking action!
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General ramblings

This is our call to action

November 9, 2016
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I’m sure I’m not alone in waking up this morning with a sense of deja vu.
I went to bed last night knowing that the world would have changed come the morning. That America would have it’s first ever woman President, or it would have Trump.
And I never really believed that the people of America would choose Trump. In the same way I never really believed that the people of the UK would choose Brexit.
I felt the same disbelief this morning as I did on that morning back in the Summer, when I realised that my little bubble that I exist in on social media and in real life, was just that. A bubble.
And that the people I interact with everyday, who talk about hope and tolerance, and peace and equality, are in fact in the minority. That we have somehow reached a point where anyone preaching the exact opposite of these values, can be elected into one of the most powerful positions in the world.
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How to make Halloween cookies when you don’t have Halloween cookie cutters

October 31, 2016
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I’ve possibly missed the boat on this one and am posting this far too late to be of use for anyone this Halloween, but hey, half term is all I’m going to say.

BigSmall and I had a morning to ourselves at the weekend and decided to make some Halloween cookies. We don’t have any ghostly Halloween cutters or witches hats or anything similar, and I really didn’t want to have to buy any, so my initial idea was to make some cardboard templates to cut around. But before we got started on that, we decided to have one last look in the cookie cutter drawer, and once we started to think outside the box a little, we realised we had all kinds we could use:

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